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First Newborn shoot... couple questions

 
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Dec 27, 2015 09:21 |  #1

Hi guys, so I did my first newborn shoot yesterday, Ive been mentally preparing for it for a while, but I still see that I have much to learn. For example, I'm so used to being a portrait guy and when in "portrait" mode I shoot at 2.8 usually with my 70-200 like most.

I used a 50mm 1.8 and bumped it to between 1.8 and 2.8 however, after looking at most shots involving a setup (flooring, molding etc) everything is in focus so I think I failed myself by not bumping the aperture up to 5.6 etc and bumping up my iso. Even though the patio doors were behind me, I still would have achieved the DOF I was looking for so the molding and background were in focus... The client loves the pics so that's what maters... thoughts?


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Dec 28, 2015 12:35 |  #2

Hi guys, literally looking for advice on this one :) thanks, should i move it to the kids talk section?




  
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Dec 28, 2015 13:17 |  #3

I don't do new borns but these are very good if you ask me. Maybe a bit more DOF on the very last one but that's just my opinion.




  
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Dec 28, 2015 13:24 |  #4

I don't have much to add...they're very nice, especially considering it's your first newborn session. Newborns are much different than standard portraits, but doesn't look like you missed a beat.

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I used a 50mm 1.8 and bumped it to between 1.8 and 2.8 however, after looking at most shots involving a setup (flooring, molding etc) everything is in focus so I think I failed myself by not bumping the aperture up to 5.6 etc and bumping up my iso.

This statement confuses me though...did you mean looking at others work, their setups have everything in focus?

To that I say...be your own dog.

Your subject is sharp...nothing else matters in these types of photos if you ask me. The ones who wrap their children up like cocoons and hang them so they look like they're dangling from a spiderweb are too much for me. Distracting to the focus of the photo...that sweet little person that just came into the world.




  
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Dec 28, 2015 15:00 |  #5

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I don't have much to add...they're very nice, especially considering it's your first newborn session. Newborns are much different than standard portraits, but doesn't look like you missed a beat.

This statement confuses me though...did you mean looking at others work, their setups have everything in focus?

To that I say...be your own dog.

Your subject is sharp...nothing else matters in these types of photos if you ask me. The ones who wrap their children up like cocoons and hang them so they look like they're dangling from a spiderweb are too much for me. Distracting to the focus of the photo...that sweet little person that just came into the world.

Thanks agrandexp and RJ... Yeah, to clarify what I meant, i should have had more of a narrow DOF so I could have my molding and background in focus... I know i would just have to increase my iso etc to compensate and will work with clarity a bit anyway etc in post so it wouldn't matter, so I think that is where I missed the mark. I will increase my DOF next time to see everything, but thank you for your support... :)




  
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Dec 29, 2015 21:20 |  #6

Nice job..... You don't need to change a thing. I do photograph my babies at 3.2 to make sure I have enough baby in focus; I like to make sure hair & fingernails are not blurred.


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Jan 12, 2016 21:25 |  #7

I think its really important to prop the baby up. I always bring an assistant and a beanbag.

I think you posed very well in the last one but in the first ones the baby looks too sunken down.


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Feb 02, 2016 22:03 |  #8

It looks great. I usually shoot newborn sessions at 2.0.


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Feb 06, 2016 22:48 |  #9

Pics look good, but definitely greater dof to get arms in 1 and 2, lips in 3, hand and arm in 4.

As a parent, I would be very happy with your results though :)


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Feb 08, 2016 14:28 |  #10

If i were the customer I would be very pleased. Nice work!




  
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Feb 09, 2016 03:11 |  #11

One thing I would say, don't shoot "up" the baby's nose, always shoot "down" the nose. The last shot is beautiful.


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Feb 27, 2016 18:03 as a reply to  @ mercersmoments's post |  #12

Thanks guys!

I just finished my 2nd shoot and, while I still wanted it to turnout differently, the clients were very happy with the results... thank you everyone!!

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Feb 27, 2016 22:18 |  #13

Does the first image need some warmth or is it my iPad I'm using to view? I like your baby in the basket look the best, but they are all cute.




  
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Feb 28, 2016 14:58 |  #14

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Does the first image need some warmth or is it my iPad I'm using to view? I like your baby in the basket look the best, but they are all cute.

Thank you Brad :) I think adding more warmh would make it too warm..but thank you for the comments on the shots.. im trying and am working me way up to better poses. Also I need ot buy a posing pillow or make one because I see how helpful they can be so the child doesn't sink down too much.




  
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Feb 28, 2016 16:34 as a reply to  @ digitalduck's post |  #15

I forgot new babies haven't been in the sun much. :-D




  
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